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By Lee Duracz

The final stop of the Polar Bear Opens on the Waldron Chain at Duke’s Bridge proved to offer the best of everything for the 2017 season.

We had our season’s best turnout with 19 boats plus our season’s best weight of 14.44 pounds, our season’s biggest critter a 14.90-pound carp, and by far the best weather we had all year with temperatures moving into the mid-40s with a manageable west wind and blue sunny skies.

The temperature hovered around 25 degrees as we arrived at the ramp, and fortunately, I grabbed a bag of ice melt beforehand and repeatedly sprinkled the ramp so nobody had a hard time launching.

Fog rolled in during the 8:00 a.m. start and temperatures came up slowly, putting us around 30 degrees at start time. The water temperature was around 40 degrees and, depending on what areas of the lake you fished, it ranged from muddy to just a little stained.

By Lee Duracz

Ten teams showed up for the third stop in the Polar Bear Open on Lake Maxinkuckee despite it being the deer gun season opener.

The day began with mild temperatures in the 40s and a mist in the air, but that turned into rainy down pours, storms and wind gusts to 30 mph.

The fish didn’t seem to care as the top finishing teams reported catching limits early. Some teams reported catching 15 to as many as 30 bass throughout the day.

By Lee Duracz

Chilly Start to Polar Bear Open

The boats arrived at the ramp with frost on the ground and ice skimmed over the condo channel behind the parking lot at Eagle Lake near Edwardsburg.

The early morning temperature was 20 degrees and the heavy winter clothing was put on by all the competitors. Thank God for the invention of four wheel drive, as it didn’t take long for the ramp to get icy, although nobody really struggled getting in or out. (The quality of the ramp is not great, I wish the MI DNR would push harder to get the new access completed.)